The Pine Bluff City Council will meet on Monday, May 18 at 5:30 p.m., and have a number of proposed ordinances to be voted on.
The first resolution will request the operators of the Saracen Casino Resort to delay in resuming casino operations for a brief period of time in the interest of public health.
Governor Asa Hutchinson said last Thursday that the state’s three casino’s will be able to reopen on a limited basis May 18. The Governor’s directive states that casinos must operate at one-third of capacity and will follow strict social media guidelines.
Saracen Casino project manager Carlton Saffa said Friday that a combination of things will be done inside the annex to ensure that employees and patrons are protected from exposure from COVID-19.
A second step that Saffa said the annex will take will be to move some machines and furniture, and deactivating some of the machines, and during the closure, workers at the annex have made an addition to the area set aside for sports betting.
Additional resolutions to be voted on include a resolution appointing Joni Alexander to the Pine Bluff Area Transportation policy committee, a resolution appointing Alexander to the Southeast Arkansas Regional Planning Commission, a resolution appointing Lynette Bloomberg to the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County National Heritage Trails Task Force, a resolution appointing Kwaeisi Golliday to the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County National Heritage Trails Task Force, a resolution expressing the willingness of the City of Pine Bluff to use federal aid transportation alternative program funds, a resolution implementing a first responders homebuyers incentive program, and a resolution to promote transparency relating to policies and procedures concerning sanitation, self and mandatory quarantine and pay issues resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and related purposes.